The Mark of the Beast – If You See It, It’s Too Late

The Book of Revelation is full of confusing passages. Yet it is crystal clear on the absolute need to avoid the Mark of the Beast at all costs. But how do you make sure you do? What if they force it on you or trick you into taking it? Don’t we need to identify it now? Is it somehow already here today? Also, why would anyone take it given the clear global warning coming against it? Find out everything you need to know about the Mark of the Beast—plus a startling new insight on the months of torture awaiting those who take action too late.

If the Antichrist is the most dreaded threat of the Book of Revelation, then his mark would have to be a close second. Just as people wonder who might be the Antichrist today, they also wonder whether the Mark of the Beast is already here. As a result, the following passage from Revelation about the Mark of the Beast is one of the most quoted passages in the Bible:

The Mark of the Beast Passage

Revelation 13:16-18 (HCSB) — 16 And he [the False Prophet] requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom:, The one who has understanding must calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666.

This passage is talking about the Great Tribulation (Mt 24:21) or the time when the Antichrist (or first Beast of Revelation 13) rules the entire earth. The second beast of Revelation 13, also called the False Prophet (Rev 16:13; 19:20; 20:10), will put in place a system of total control. They will attempt to brand every human with a mark that is needed for commerce. Obviously, without being able to buy or sell anything, you are not going to function in society or last long.

Despite the downsides of this path, it's plain from another passage that you can choose to refuse the mark:

Revelation 20:4 (HCSB) — Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the people, who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of God’s word, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands.

This passage should reassure those who worry that they can be tricked into taking the mark or forced to take it without their permission. It seems that the False Prophet will need your permission. Otherwise there would be nobody who "had not accepted the mark." The bad news is that they will not accept your response of "no, thanks" kindly. They will try to persuade all people to take the mark through at least four separate pressures or methods of persuasion.

Four Powerful Pressures For Taking the Mark

The first pressure is what Paul calls the strong delusion (2Th 2:11). The Antichrist will actually succeed in pawning himself off as God on earth ruling from the Third Temple in Jerusalem (2Th 2:4). Jesus said that this deception would be so convincing that even the "very elect" would be taken by it if it were possible. Thankfully, it's not possible because God intervenes with the Two Witnesses and 144,000 to preach the truth as a alternative to the popular lie (Mt 24:24). Despite God's counter-programming, the vast majority of the people are going to be convinced that the Antichrist is indeed God. This is due to the convincing signs performed at the hand of the False Prophet. These include calling fire down from heaven and making the image (statue) of the Beast that speaks (Rev 13:13-15).

The second pressure takes care of the minority of defiant skeptics who do not fall for the strong delusion. It appears from the passage above that the False Prophet will command death for those who refuse the mark. This is just as he does to those who refuse to worship the image/statue of the beast (Rev 13:15 = Rev 20:4). Many Christians will have read their Bibles or heard and believed the warning of the mark, but they simply are not martyr-material. They will crumble under the pressure. Like Jesus said, the love of believers will wax cold and believers will betray each other to save their own skin (Mt 24:12, 10).

To understand the third and fourth pressures requires a correct understanding of the prophetic roadmap and especially where the Great Tribulation fits in it. Most believe or have been taught that the Great Tribulation begins at the 1st seal. While the white horseman does indeed seem to fit the Antichrist, that's an incorrect conclusion; it actually refers to what Jesus said about the many (religions) that would come in his name, talk about him, and deceive many (Mt 24:5). The real match for the rise of Antichrist and start of the Great Tribulation is the 5th trumpet. When someone shows you the proof of how the Great Tribulation starts when Satan is cast out of heaven (he has not been cast out yet) as the start of three "woes," the Great Tribulation / 5th trumpet connection becomes pretty self-evident (cf. Dan 12:1=Rev 12:7-17=Mt 24:15,21=Rev 9:1-6, 11-13).

Once you get that crucial point correct, it opens up the possibility of seeing a couple of other key insights. First, obviously the 5th Trumpet follows the 4th Trumpet. The 4th Trumpet concludes the sequence of severe global catastrophes on earth caused by near earth objects (such as Star Wormwood) starting at the 6th seal. This will leave the world in a state of devastation (Rev 6:14; 8:7, 9), fear, panic, chaos (Rev 6:15-16), dark , cold (Rev 8:12), smoke, fires (Rev 8:8-9), water scarcity (Rev 8:10-11) and famine (Rev 8:7, 9, 12). Second, this answers how the Antichrist comes to power. It provides the perfect scenario for the Antichrist as the would-be God and "Savior of the world" to arrive and be the only solution all the problems—including the severe food shortage. Probably the mark will be presented as part of his plan to solve both the security (identification) and shortages of basic necessities (rationing). (Americans saw a similar thing after the 9-11 attack with the push for a national-ID called Real ID.)

Thus, the third pressure would be that, given the clear scarcity of food and clean water prior to the rise of the Beast, you will not get your basic living needs met without accepting the mark. The threat of death from thirst and starvation will already be mounting by the time the mark is presented to offer relief. If you do not take it, death will be knocking at the door. Principles and skepticism go out the window in such extreme situations.

But there are always stubborn, crafty and prepared people who would still refuse the mark and scratch out an existence "off the grid." There is apparently another, fourth pressure that will take care of even them. At the 5th Trumpet, we are told that an army of deadly scorpion-like locusts with teeth and stingers are released from imprisonment in the Abyss (Rev 9:1-3). Although lethal-looking (Rev 9:7-9), they do not go out to kill people; they only go out to torture everyone except the 144,000 and the other gathered-protected servants of God (Rev 9:4-5; 7:3-4; 12:13-17) . It actually says people will seek death but be unable to find it (Rev 9:6). These demonic creatures will be able to search out every nook and cranny where survivalists and other resistors with stashes of food and ammunition are hiding (Joel 2:9). Their fortification, walls and weapons will not protect them from the locusts (Joel 2:9). The torture will no doubt be very effective in getting them to accept the mark.

Refuse the Mark = 5 Months of Painful Torture

The passage telling us that these tortured people "will seek death and not find it" during the five months seems like a contradiction with what we said above that the False Prophet will cause those refusing the mark to be killed. But if you think it through carefully, you'll see there is a resolution.

It points to a terrifying new realization about the mark that you probably never heard of before: Refusing the mark is not rewarded instantly with death. On the contrary, it is rewarded first with up to five months of torture to persuade you to accept the mark. At the end of the five months of the locusts' torture tour, they finally will put you to death. Why the delay? They may be sadists or they may simply prefer to have Beast kingdom subjects than dead defeated martyrs.

(Note, that the locusts passage does not say all people besides God's sealed are tortured. It just says the power is there to do so. Since it makes no sense for the new Antichrist "God" to make his first order of business the torture his admiring subjects, even those who accept him as "God," I think it's a fair deduction that the power to torture is not used on those who take the mark. If he really wanted to capture, mark and torture everyone, then why stop after five months? But if the torture is to force the mark, then it makes sense that the torture is only used for a short time at the beginning. It only takes a few months to find and capture every single living human on earth who is trying to avoid the mark and to try to convince them change their mind.)

In summary, then, here are the four pressures on people that will make most people accept the mark:

The 4 Reasons Why Most People Will Take the Mark

  1. Convinced Antichrist is God on earth
  2. To avoid beheading
  3. To avoid starvation
  4. To avoid (up to) five months of torture

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"Mark" Only Figurative? Or Literal?

Terrifying, isn't it? Anyone understanding just a fraction of the pressures coming to push the mark on people will naturally want to know exactly what it is now so they can be sure to see it coming. Actually, we'll see later why it is that if you want to successfully avoid it (and keep your life), you must never see it.

Yet people still persist in wanting to know what it is now. The first question, then, is to ask is what is the intended meaning of the passage describing the mark? Should we read it literally, as a visible marking on the skin of the hand or forehead or figuratively as something completely different (such as, say, "Sabbath-breaking/Sunday worship" like the Seventh Day Adventists and others believe)?

A big reason for doubt about the interpretation of the mark passage comes from an uncannily similar instruction to ancient Israel recorded in the Torah about a sign/symbol in their forehead and hand (Ex 13:9, 16; Dt 6:8; 11:18):

Exodus 13:16 (HCSB) — So let it be a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead, for the LORD brought us out of Egypt by the strength of His hand.

Orthodox Judaism uses this command to justify their tradition of binding of "phylacteries" to the forehead and hands. However, most agree that ancient Israel did not follow this verse the way modern Judaism does. Instead, they understood it figuratively as telling them to keep the Torah firmly in mind ("forehead") and in their actions (the "hand"). If you agree with this interpretation, then it's natural to read the very similar passage in Revelation exactly the same way: figuratively (especially in a book like Revelation that is already assumed to be mostly symbolically figurative).

But we have to decide how to read a verse individually and in its own context. We cannot assume that every instance of every construct will be used the same, or misinterpretation will result. For example, there are at least three different meanings for the word translated "star" in the Book of Revelation alone (angels, meteors/"shooting stars", and literal stars)! In fact, the use of similar constructs for different purposes seems to be one of the ways that God made the Bible tricky on purpose as Isaiah and Jesus declared about God's word (Isa 6:9-10; Mk 4:11; Mt 13:11; Lk 8:10; 10:21-24).

Why Only a Literal Mark Works

Whenever you are in doubt after carefully considering a verse in context, you can usually resolve it by looking at related passages or in other words by looking at it in the greater Biblical context. Revelation 14:9 is another passage dealing with the Mark of the Beast which we can consult for help. Using it, we can dispel any doubt about the literal meaning of the Mark of the Beast.

This passage is the third of three angel's warnings delivered to mankind. This third message specifically warns everyone about the grave consequences of receiving the Mark of the Beast in the "forehead" or "hand:"

Revelation 14:9-10 (HCSB) — 9 And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand...10... he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels

Now think about the theory of a figurative mark in the context of this dire warning. The unsuspecting general public is going to be given this warning so that they are able to know what to do to avoid God's wrath, a very serious thing indeed. They will need simple clear understandable instructions that they can act on. But a message referencing a forbidden figurative mark is not clear but requires further explanation or thought before people can know what it is they must avoid. This would leave people uncertain and unable to follow the instructions.

If the warning tells you to reject any future leader who wants to put a literal mark on your skin (forehead or right hand), that's very understandable and actionable. If it's figurative, where the mark can be anything like, keeping Sunday vs. Sabbath, how would you be sure?

Since a figurative mark does not work in the warning here, then why did God use figurative language to "warn" Israel about keeping Torah in their thoughts and deeds? It worked for that because that earlier hand/forehead sign referenced something that he had already told them volumes about: the Torah. He wanted to communicate to them how integral they needed to make Torah to their life and he did so using a powerful metaphorical illustration. In contrast, the Mark of the Beast warning is a stand-alone command to a general public who God has only spoken two other messages ever in total to. Metaphorical language does not get the job done. The warning about receiving a "mark in the head or hand" can only refer to a literal marking on the forehead or hand which people can readily understand, identify, and know what to do when they encounter it.

But Wait...If There Will Be a Universal Warning, Why Won't Everyone Just Listen and Avoid the Mark?

With that question settled by the third angel worldwide warning text, another question is raised. If the warning about the mark is going to be as global and clear as stated above, then why will anyone get trapped into taking the mark?

This is a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. It requires knowing several aspects of the end times in order to understand it. To help with that, let me outline the distinct categories people will fall into when the mark is out:

3 Categories of People When the Mark Comes

  1. Mark accepters (alive, but destined for God's wrath)
  2. Mark rejecters/martyrs (dead or soon-to-be dead(see below) but destined for the First Resurrection)
  3. Mark evaders (alive and destined for the rapture)

The first two categories are obvious and self-explanatory, but the last one, of mark evader requires explanation. The mark evaders are obviously similar to the mark rejecters in wanting to heed the universal warning about not taking the mark. However, they differ from the mark rejecters in the two aspects of proactivity and of faith. We shall see that to evade the mark is not as simple or foolproof as it may seem to you now.

Faith Needed To Obey the Warning

By way of illustration, you could compare it to the challenge of getting a girl to evade teen pregnancy by giving her a warning about it when she is ten years old. She may agree at that age that teen pregnancy is a bad outcome which she does not want. Yet, after she passes puberty, certain temptations must be resisted or certain actions taken for the teen pregnancy warning to work out well.

Similarly, when you hear the warning about the mark, you must take a specific action before the mark even arrives. If you do not do so, it will be too late and you will get pregnant, as the analogy goes, or be left with choices 1 and 2 above only. That's the proactive aspect of evading the mark.

The faith aspect of evading the mark comes in because the action required to avoid the mark will be to "come out of Babylon" (Rev 18:4; Jer 50:8; 51:6, 9, 45). The end time prophecies of the Bible repeatedly speak of God leading his faithful servants out of their home countries to a place he prepares to feed them during the Great Tribulation (Rev 12:12-17). However, it will not be so clear that this is right to do, as it is to, say, exit a burning house when someone shouts "Fire! Get out!" Probably everything in the world will look as fine (if you can call it that) as it does today. It will be counter-intuitive.

It has been my experience that when this clear (future) travel prophecy from the Bible is shared with normal church-going Christians, they reflexively reject it. It sounds ridiculous to the average Christian that God would ever require his people to do something so radical as to leave their homes. Many of them miss the obvious irony in their objection to a future God-given travel command in light of the fact that God has done this very thing repeatedly in the past with his faithful servants as the OT records. He told Abraham to leave his country. Lot had to leave Sodom. He told the entire nation of Israel to leave Egypt. Sure, they were slaves there anyway, but there are many parallels to their literal slavery and our modern slavery to sin, addictions, distractions, etc. in our home countries that an end time exodus would release us from, too.

(Note: A major reason that many despair upon hearing about needing to move to escape the end times, is that, again, they are not remembering the lessons of the Exodus. When God commanded Israel to leave Egypt, he did not abandon them but gave them tremendous "provision to go along with the commission" as the saying goes. They had great leadership, divine protection, payment of back wages through spoiling of the Egyptians and miracles such as the Red Sea crossing, shoes not wearing out, healings, manna from heaven to feed them, water from the rock to drink, victory over their enemies, etc. We can expect the same thing again when God again commands his servants to march out. Passports, money, illnesses unwilling spouses and children will all be worked out (cf Ex 19:4 = Rev 12:14). Hope this helps)

No Visible Angels

Another reason that faith will tie in greatly is that, most likely, the instructions of the three angels will be spoken to people not by the three angels themselves, but by humans; prophets. This probably sounds ridiculous at first but if you read the passage carefully you'll note that it never quite says that the angels themselves do the preaching of their own messages (Rev 14:6). It simply says they "have" the messages to be preached. This leaves room for someone else to do the preaching. This phrasing is good because it does not make the passage break with precedent for how angels are tasked by God in the Bible. Angels usually interface only with the righteous or small groups of the public. When God deals with the general public or nations, he uses men exclusively.

I think the answer to which men it will be this time is found, by no coincidence, in the verses immediately preceding (Rev 14:1-5). If you ever wondered who the 144,000 are and why they are given such special protection so that the Beast's forces cannot touch them, this would answer that. Their message of warning must go out without encumbrance to counteract the powerful dragnet that the Beast will be allowed to unleash on humanity. However, like all prophets before them, they are mere men and not as fearsome and compelling as an angel of light speaking before your eyes. People will be able to doubt and ignore the warnings and call to action of the 144,000 men.

"My pastor said not to go"

It should not be hard for the reader to imagine how most Christians will scoff at even a real miracle-working Bible-conforming prophet sent by God telling people to "come out of Babylon" per the prophecies. Christians by nature rely on their pastors and other Christians to tell them what is right or what to do. They sincerely believe "all these churches can't be wrong." Thus, when most churches advise people to ignore the crazy prophet message to leave, and just stay "safe in Jesus" where they are and/or await the "pretrib rapture," it will be largely followed. They will not have the faith or guts to obey the command to leave early enough in order to avoid the mark.

Then, when they actually see the Abomination of Desolation (military takeover of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Antichrist) that they were warned would come, they will want to obey the "crazy" instructions they ignored years before. However, if they are not close to the location that God told them to move to, there will be no chance of them making it there in time before the Great Tribulation begins (30 days later).

The mark edict will soon be issued and they will be faced with the tough choice of option 1 or option 2.

Option 3, of mark evasion, will have expired.

What To Do Today To Escape the Mark

Clearly, every believer prefers to avoid ending up in that no-win situation of having to choose between martyrdom and markdom. We all want choice 3; neither. To have that option, the challenge at that point of no return will be in having the discernment to recognize which way God is leading; "should I stay or should I go?" Even if you do recognize the truth spoken by God's prophets on leaving, you will also need the faith to go ahead with the minority in following such radical and hard instructions.

The question, then, is how do we develop the faith and boldness needed to take the hard early action required to avoid the mark? Jesus gave us the clearest advice I know:

Luke 18:8 (HCSB)— I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?

Luke 17:5-6 (HCSB) — 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6 “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Luke 21:36 (ESV) — But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Ever notice that nowhere in the Gospels can you find Jesus directly answering the question of how one increases their faith? I was frustrated at that for a while when I was wanting more faith, like the apostles. Finally, I realized that the Bible gives us the answer elsewhere and everywhere.

In the many stories of the Bible we see God's servants walking prayerfully with him through hardships and learning several things in the process. They learn how to recognize his hand leading. This normally does not consist of voices, dreams, and visions, but of coincidences or "God-incidences" or "open doors" (Rev 3:8, 20) and "closed doors" (Rev 3:7). They learn what he is likely to do or lead us to do and what he is not likely to do nor lead us to do. They learn how to trust him when the situation looks like he has abandoned them and just wait in patience and peace until the clear direction to act comes, if any action is required. In other words, they learn faith and how to act on it.

If you pray daily about having faith and strength as Jesus instructed, then you can be sure that God will hear that prayer according to his will. In response, he will direct you just as he did the servants in the Bible who wanted the same thing. You will be put in sometimes uncomfortable situations like they were which require you to be bold and radical at times, and to be inactive or meek at other times; the whole gamut. This will prepare you for all situations including the coming crisis of decision over leaving your home country early enough to escape the Mark of the Beast.

What Not To Do...

Lastly, a warning: Emigration to Israel for non-Jews is generally not possible today. The way must be opened up, not just for our move, but several end time events also require a major change in Israel. For example, the construction of the Third Temple or the singing of the 144,000 on the Temple Mount can't happen today without Arab control of the Temple Mount being eradicated. I expect the prophesied M.E. nuclear war against Israel where Damascus is laid waste to bring that about.

Conclusion

The Mark of the Beast is going to be far more irresistible than most Christians can imagine. But the solution to its challenge is not to get distracted today with trying to figure out exactly what it is in advance. Even if you did figure that out, it would do you no good. If you see the mark, it will already be too late to escape it with your life intact.

The proper escape plan will instead require faith and proactive, radical action. Unfortunately, as Jesus insinuated, faith will be a rare trait in the end times (Lk 18:8). Further, you do not learn bold and radical action by just going to church every Sunday and listening to your pastor. The answer is to follow Jesus' advice to stay awake and to pray daily for strength to escape what is coming (Lk 21:36). God will be sure to answer that prayer by guiding your life so that you get the experiences and information which will develop the faith and radical streak you will need when the time comes. What's more, these two things will help you to serve God and shine your light even better every day along the way, just like the faithful maverick Jesus did.

For help on what aspects to focus on changing in your life, from Jesus' words, see my article on Rapture Requirements.

P.S. Regarding the 666 bar code diagram above, it's one of the ideas for what the Mark of the Beast may turn out to be...

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49 comments
Trish - November 7, 2016

There are quite a few speculations as to what the name, number and mark of the beast is. When comparing them all it could be any one or ALL of them because they all seem to fit right into the synario…..

1. Credit Cards (of course anyone can buy or sell without one)

2. RFID microchip implanted into your hand or arm (there are many who already have this microchip implanted in their upper arms and so are dogs and cats chipped. But animals have no need to buy or sell. These RFID chips are basically for tracking and do hold some of your information within them. BUT people still use cash or credit cards.

3. Sooooo that leaves us with the final choice – Social Security Number (your name all in capital letters making you a Corporation instead of a sovereign individual) Without one no man can get a job, get paid in order to buy or sell.

So what really is closest to being the Name, Number (or) Mark of the BEAST?
Social Security card = Your name on the Corporate Beast’s card displaying Your NUMBER issued by the Corporate Beast system…..AND the MARK which is most likely in this case symbolic, one is marked in their mind because they go along with the BEAST system in order to buy of sell. ROME (iron) is the 4th head of the BEAST and the Ten Toes of Iron and Clay is the U.N. Communist Charter and the Pope blessed it’s flag in 2008. So, all of this Social Security system is what Rome has ordered because Rome rules over the U.S. and has given the U.S. it’s CIA in 1945 thereby keeping contact through it’s CIA headquarters at the Vatican (ROME) RULES THIS WORLD and the Pope declares he IS the Vicar of Christ…!!!

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    Tim McHyde - November 7, 2016

    When it comes to speculation most likely none of the above will turn out right and instead something we do not know of today that the Antichrist introduces. =)

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    Susie - September 16, 2017

    So I have a friend who is says he is electronically programmed…I looked it up. It sounds real. Have u heard of it. He says it also has something to do with Islam Mark of The Beast. Be careful for that..it is definitely real. It makes him hear voices….I found info under electronic harassment. EH Fungus. People recommend a psychiatrist but he claims to know and recognize the voices he is hearing….they are saying very relative things. As if they can see what he is doing. Is he scizophrenic or not? I don’t think so. His bladder is a mess and everything… The symptoms online matched…Not Std checked for that. Apparently created by the CIA in the 1960s.(the electronic harrasment)

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Rob G. - November 16, 2016

The antichrist will be ET’s claiming that they created us.
This is the only thing that is more likely to happen.

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kelly - December 28, 2016

Great post by the way, thank you!

I believe there are truths in both literal and non-literal meanings for The Mark.

If you don’t have the protection of our Lord though His grace you wont be able to see the deception-meaning keeping His Commandments, prayers of discernment, etc. Keeping you from a spiritual deception or a physical Mark.

I’m not sure which One mark it will be, physical or spiritual but The bible said the Deceptions are PLURAL, meaning many!

Maybe both?!

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    Tim McHyde - December 28, 2016

    Kelly, Glad you liked it. I hate to say it, but Christianity is responsible for teaching people to spiritualize the Bible like that and allow for anything. This results in many false doctrines that break Scripture. Jesus on the other hand taught people to take Scripture literally and not invent interpretations that “break Scripture” (John 10:35). The mark passage speaks directly about a physical mark. There are other passages that speak about deception DIRECTLY. It’s best to stick to what it says. There’s so much there of interest to understand literally that there really is no need to invent new spiritualized interpretations.

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Talon Torres - January 14, 2017

I know it may not be enough, but should the Antichrist come, I would stand straight up, arms splayed out like the Cross and say, “This is the only God I worship. I worship Him and His Son, no other. You wish to bring this Mark upon me? I would rather die.”

Either that or, when the “crazy prophet” comes to the door and tells me to leave, I would gladly do so for multiple reasons. Reason 1: God’s Command and that I wish to be saved from the Mark before it even comes. Reason 2: Good excuse for exercise. Reason 3: I get to see the world.

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Destiny - February 8, 2017

I’m confused!! So there will be many prophets sent from God, and your saying we could escape from the mark that the beast wants us to take by leaving to a place that we could be safe, because all this mark of the beast, being killed is just scarying me, and I do want to make it to heaven and will not receive it. I just don’t want it to be to late to except it for me and for others so please can you help me with that also will the prophets be the one to lead us to the right direction to go to?? To leave.

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Sarah Robertson - February 9, 2017

Tim – I love how you stated that, the challenge will be whether you obey he’s commands or not. That seem to be a very big problem with Christians today obeying God’s word.

Thanks Tim.

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carlos - March 1, 2017

beside revelation 20:4…….where else does it say about either take the mark of the beast or beheaded ?

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    Tim McHyde - March 1, 2017

    Carlos, That’s the only one, but one clear Scripture passage is enough. You only need two or three with unreliable humans testimony.

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jimmmm - June 13, 2017

The Great Tribulation will be like nothing seen before. You’ll probably have to be 100% on point with God to make it without getting deceived. By that I mean giving all your faith to god and building your mental and spiritual fortitude through deep prayer.

This is why I’m starting to doubt the doctrines were u don’t have to repent to be saved. There’s just no way a lukewarm Christian is going to be able to stay sane or resist temptation during all the chaos going on if he’s been indulging himself in Satan’s kingdom and becoming complacent and spiritually weak through fornication and lack of prayer.

I’m not trying to sound like a Pharisee. But if you live like god truly wants you too you will literally become smarter, wiser, healthier, and stronger in so many ways. Because if you really understand that virtually every aspect of this new Babylon is twisted to destroy then why not actively resist it? and try to connect with God as much as possible?

There will be so much going on, I doubt even my tribulation dreams scratch the surface of the terrors that will take place. monsters roaming the streets, a constant fearful dark atmosphere, parents turning on their own children and doing who knows what, danger everywhere, etc.

pre trib just seems like the perfect way to get Christians complacent.

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Michael J - June 16, 2017

hello, i’ve been trying to connect with others about my story of how i think i received the mark…. im a very humble, kind, and adventurous person but i’ve went through some pretty troubling times as well. I hope it’s not too late for me to be saved.

one day after spending some deal of time isolated in an aprtment I decided to go off on a little road trip. So I packed a smal bag and left down the road with very little to help me get by. I plannted to walk around 100 miles to my mother’s house. However, 2 days into my journey I Was picked up by the police because my father called the cops on me. My dad apparently said i was trying to harm myself. I told them i had no intentions of doing so, yet they still took me against my will to that hospital. After i was taken in, I was very paranoid. I began talking with some of the other impatients, when one of the inmates told me to stop bothering him. One of the gaurds thought i was harassing the guy so he tackled me and gave me a shot to pass out.
I was out for almost 24 hours as they transferred me to a psych ward. The fucked up thing is now I have this scar on my right wrist which i don’t ever remember having before. Im verrrry worried that they’ve implanted something into my body/mind.

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    Tim McHyde - June 16, 2017

    Michael, you may have received a chip (we met someone with one in the back of his skull), but that’s not the mark of the beast yet and the mark may or may not be a chip. It’s undetermined from the language what it will be. I suspect nothing we have seen yet, some alien technology.

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      Mike - July 16, 2017

      tbh ever since that day I’ve felt totally drained, Weird headaches, strange black and white colored dreams, and a total lack of any sort of emotions…. It feels like they lobotomized me. :/ definitely dont feel like I have a soul anymore that forsure.

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        James - July 30, 2017

        Mike how long was this? Perhaps they also gave you a long acting injection.. like Haldol.. as far as the wrist scar..it’s possible they gave you a chip..but I can assure you as Tim said that it is *not* the mark of the beast. Chips in the body can alter your state of mind..usually though in order to do so, from what I know they’re placed in the skull. There are many people who have been victim to this in hospitals and psych wards. You still have a soul…like I said it may have been a long term reaction from the medicine they gave you.

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          Mike - August 4, 2017

          This event occurred around 9 months ago. I still haven’t recovered; but I still fight to regain my spirit. I fear that if I was chipped that the truth won’t be discovered until it’s too late. The worst part of it all is I no longer even dream of the girl I thought I would spend my life with 🙁 She was my main motivation for doing good in the world.

          Thanks for the replies guys. It means alot that people take this stuff seriously. Keep your families close by and safe.

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        mikhael - November 25, 2017

        can’t you get an X-ray to determine whats in there? is there a lump? test it with a powerful magnet.you mite have to cut it out

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          maesaysdoit - December 9, 2017

          Did you just suggest to someone that they might have to “cut it out”?!?! Seriously. Someone who you don’t know. A person who may or may not be delusional.
          No. It should suffice to say; the mark will be accepted. Not simply implanted into a person. The person receiving the mark, must accept it. This person is not caring around “the mark”.
          In addition, rdf technology doesn’t leave a scar. It is small and injectable. If this person has a new scar, it could be for a plethora of reasons. Stop making a paranoid person even more so.

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      Shawn Burton - August 2, 2017

      I know in the Bible, it doesn’t say anything about the mark being a chip, but it does mention that one may not buy or sell unless he has the Mark.

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Lea - July 13, 2017

But what if you are just a kid? Ofcourse in your mind &heart you can deny mark,but in reality i cant becuse I still have to obey my parents and if they are deceved what then? I am sixteen and in small and messed up country so i cant just leave or run away.Ofcourse I’ve been praying everyday to have strenth,but even if i dont get deceved (cuz right now i dont trust goverment or pope)they can still make me take a mark.And even if my parents realize the problem they will soon take the mark becuse of sufering and us:me and my brother.I tried to talk with them but they dont want to talk about it,so i dont know what to do! Please give some advice.

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    Tim McHyde - July 13, 2017

    Lea, you don’t have to obey your parents if it means disobeying God’s command. God’s plan will be comprehensive so all those who want to escape will have the help to do so, even teens.

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    t - August 3, 2017

    Hi Lea – I can sympathize with what you’re feeling. My wife is not a believer (yet), though I pray for her daily, which is the best thing I can do for her right now.

    I do think as things draw nearer, it will become increasingly harder to deny the prophecies in the Bible, even for committed unbelievers. So I have a lot of hope and faith that people’s loved ones will become believers, and will take action.

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Lauren - November 24, 2017

Tim,
You said that people will be pressured to take the mark when the locusts torture them for 5 months, the bible says that the locusts are instructed to not hurt the ones with the seal of God in their foreheads, which would be any true believer not just the 144,000. Right?

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John Aghadia - November 25, 2017

God bless your Mr. Tim,i follow your emails fervently.All what you send make sense and i send them to my sisters to read also. I see alot of christians today who even think what you might be saying is jargons and follow the popular sayings in thier church….Buy i pray God will help us all. Keep up the good work…God bless you.

PS…Do you live in the states? Just curious.Thanks

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Chris Runyeon - November 25, 2017

Tim,

I love to read your writings and I do believe your interpretation. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin that are gaining real traction as an alternative to the US Dollar, the Euro, etc. These digital currencies could make traditional paper money obsolete. Is it possible that these new cryptocurrencies could be a precursor to the Mark of the Beast? If one of these emerges as THE ONE World Currency, is it possible? I know there is an app from a Chinese company (TenCent Holdings) that can load all of a person’s financial data and other key identifiers on a postage-sized square digital scan that can be used to buy or sell from a smart phone. This is a smart phone app and not a Mark on the right hand or forehead, but I find it interesting. Clearly, the technology is there. What are your thoughts on the chips that are found in credit cards now? I have read how some people are already having chips put in their hands and everybody talks about it like it’s a good thing. NO ONE mentions anything about the Mark of the Beast. I guess that’s obvious why they wouldn’t mention it or even think of it. These people may be deceived. Anyway, I love what you do and appreciate that you actually find the time to reply to peoples comments. Thank you again and KNOW that you are doing a great thing!

Sincerely,

Chris Runyeon

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    Tim McHyde - November 25, 2017

    Chris, it’s impossible to say what technologies may be employed for the mark when the Antichrist comes; something we see today or something yet to be invented. Bear in mind that Wormwood is going to destroy the infrastructure we have today that the things you mention depend on. Again, the point of this article is that we don’t have to ask the question you did or worry about taking the mark today or ever by accident. Focus on repentance and becoming like Jesus instead…

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Barbara Lindsay - November 25, 2017

Tim,

How do we know that Isreal will even let us into their country? How do you plan on “moving” there?

Barb

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    Tim McHyde - November 25, 2017

    Barbara, good question. I have updated the article with a new section “What Not To Do…” that has links to past articles answering your question. Please reload and look for it before the Conclusion.

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Ross - November 25, 2017

Something to think about (which seems to counter your view of Christians needing to flee to a ‘safe zone’ in Israel/ Jordan to escape the end-time hardship) is that when Jesus talks about the rapture in Matthew and Luke it’s obvious believers and non-believers are still in intimate contact: they’re travelling together, working together, sleeping together! The faithful appear to be still involved in their normal life in their own communities.

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    Tim McHyde - November 25, 2017

    Ross, yes, the believers will be mixed with the unbelievers, but you are wrong to conclude it’s all. We’re clearly told the 144,000 will remain among the wicked (and therefore protected specially), while the majority will be the sequestered Woman in one spot where they are gathered for their protection.

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      Ross - November 27, 2017

      That is an outside chance, but it’s not the most straightforward explanation. From the description of the 144,00 who “…did not defile themselves with women…” (Rev 14:4) we can assume they are all male.
      In Jesus’ prophecy of the rapture he includes “…two women grinding grain together…” So his illustration is not of the 144,000. It is also unlikely he would illustrate the minority who are still mingling with the wicked and not mention the majority who are sequestered.
      It sounds very much like normal people going about their everyday lives in different parts of the world (some sleeping, some working) when the rapture takes place.

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        Tim McHyde - November 27, 2017

        Ross, my explanation is still better as your argument depends on a misinterpretation. Women do not literally “defile” you. (They’re not swine!) If they do, then they can defile a female just as much as a male through lesbianism. That passage saying “virgin men, not defiled with women, follow the lamb wherever he goes…no lie found in their mouths” is full of figurative and allegorical terms. Like “virgin men,” “defiled with women” only makes sense allegorically referring to religion, something that can and does defile both men and women, just as their following of lamb wherever he goes there is not literal, but I think you can understand the meaning of that yourself.

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Rob Foster - November 25, 2017

Hi Tim,

A great article, as always. I enjoy your teachings and share them with my wife. She is beginning to see the logic in what you say.

Kind regards, Rob

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Adeola Oguntoyinbo - November 25, 2017

Tim, Great write up as always. I recent debunked the pretrib rapture with a pastor in my church in our Sunday school. He came back the following Sunday to accepting the teachings of the bible about the church participating in the tribulation.

I share almost all your articles with my wife, she still strongly believe that she is someday going to fly to heaven.

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Ingrid Ferris - November 25, 2017

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, and honorable acknowledgment of your work brother Tim, Tim, if you’re reading this, what are your thoughts about Petra in Lebenon? I believe it may have been Petra I dreamed about as a place of sanctuary for the end time saints. Peace to all my sisters & brothers in Christ. The saints that have gone before us press in towards us with love as we come close to the completion of time. Keep close to the Father. Petition Jesus. Remain alert. Pray without ceasing. Love from your sister & seer in Christ, Ingrid🌸

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Hendrik - November 26, 2017

Hi Tim, From Ezekiel 36 on we learn how Israel will be gathered and moved to live safely in their promised land. They will also be joined by strangers as seen in Isaiah14:1 and Ezekiel47:22, 23. This would take quite a few years and build up to the Gog “war”
Most of us see this happening some time into the Millennium, but if we take the earthquake that happen with the Gog event into consideration it appear that this gathering happen before the Millennium. This earthquake (Ezekiel 38:19,20) will flatten the mountains and and all the walls (cities) on earth. As no mountains or standing cities will be found after the earthquake of Revelation 16, it appears to be the same event. The Ezekiel earthquake can not bring down what is already down.
Could this gathering in Ezekiel be the move to safety? It could be quite imminent and happen after a big Middle East war.
Regards.

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Matthew Jones - November 28, 2017

Tim, I’m 16. I’ve been dealing with a lot of problems in my life. I’ve moved maybe 20+ times since I was a kid and I constantly have had to break up (or atleast try) yelling and screaming between my mom and dad. We’re currently living with my Aunt and Uncle until we move into a new house. I would ask that you pray for my dad, mom,sister and I. Since last year (2016) we’ve moved like 6 times. Everytime we thought we had a home and everything was fine…..BOOM! My dad not being able to pay the house rent or mortage has us moving again and a biiiig fight between my parents breaks out. My mom would claim she’s leaving but doesn’t. Except the 4th one or so which we planned due to issues at that house such as no internet really and the problem that seems to have been the (physical atleast idk about spiritual) source of this….my dad’s jobs.

In the past he was a bit carefree and rude and always played *Grass is greener on the other side” card when he lost a job OR if he found a “better oppurtunity”. He’d work with unreliable people and they wouldn’t pay him and he kept trying to be nice about it and letting them get away with it. He’s become more humble this year, basically putting his foot down that he’s going to listen to god and do as he commands, and that he’ll pray for favor and for jobs and money to supply us as a family.

On top of all this….I don’t want to tell anyone this I just want to have it dealt with in me spiritually…I’ve been looking at *Eheeeem* since 2012 when a cousin showed it to me. I’ve prayed and prayed and put my foot down sooooo many times and then it’s like my brain becomes hypnotized and I don’t care in the moment and then…(I think you know where i’m going with this). I ask that you’d pray for me to get that pulled from my life.

I try hard but I really feel like i’m sliding back :(…I obviously don’t want this to be the case but the struggle in me is one I never thought i’d go through..at least not before tribulation times. Also, where do we escape too? Is it said in the bible where it will be? Do I just pack supplies and head out if this becomes more evident that it is almost at the too late point or if I feel spiritually convicted? Will a prophet speaking from the angels tell everyone to join him in fleeing America? Also, are there any good starting points in the bible for understanding ALL of this, Tribulation, Rapture, Escaping etc. in a better way than just opening up Revelations?

PS: Please keep me in you prayers, I care sooo much for this topic and I REFUSE to allow my self to go to hell by slipping up. I want to connect with god but with my *Addiction* it makes it harder for my spirit to connect with God. Please get back with me when you can. I know you aren’t all knowing, only god is, but if you could answer those questions or give me a lead on how to answer them in my spirit and through divine understanding from god it’d mean a lot to me. I’ve never told really anyone except cousins and friends about my addiction. The adults of my family think i’m innocent when it comes to that.

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